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Domestic violence cases seem to prevail in spite of all the efforts of the advocates across the United States and throughout the world; however, that doesn’t stop the advocates from continuing to try.  One focus has turned its head towards the affects upon childhood trauma.  One such foundation taking this focus in their hands is the Makers of Memories with its public policy initiative:

The Makers of Memories Public Policy Initiative, launched earlier this month in Washington DC, has already begun to develop momentum towards our two key objectives of:

1) raising awareness about the problem of childhood exposure to domestic violence; and

2) developing a set of solutions to address this problem.

Participants from a wide range of national nonprofit organizations have agreed to collaborate on the educational content and distribution of our documentary film project, 43 Million Secrets, and have contacted us to explore ways that we can work together to motivate leaders and policy makers to take action to provide support and assistance to children who experience domestic violence. We also are exploring programmatic initiatives with these organizations. Some of the individuals and organizations we have engaged to collaborate on our work are featured below in the images from our meeting in Washington DC on June 14.

via Makers of Memories.

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Jamie Olive is my hero.  Last year, when he came to the United States and make a debut in the small, sleepy town in West Virginia, he clearly made an impact and difference in their lives.

This year, he might have taken on more than he could chew by tackling the enormous Los Angeles Community.  By the end of the last show, though, he gained the support of the new supertindent of the LA School system.

He’s got the right ideas though.  He wears his heart on his sleeve and is aiming to put things into good perspective with good eats, starting in the schools.

I thank him for his perseverance in keeping on the school systems.  I look forward to see the long range effects of his efforts.

What’s next for this hero?  Can’t wait to see what he’s got up his sleeve for the next leg of his crusade!

News | Jamie Oliver (US).

 

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I got the opportunity to view this new social site through a *.tv broadcast today.  It poses some interesting opportunities, although I’m not sure that I would like to be on a webcam throughout the experience.  lol…

On this page is the interactive tour link so that you, too, can have an opportunity to view the interactive nature of this project in development that can take social media networking to an all new level.  Take a look and decide for yourself.

They’re currently testing with a small number of folks before it’s ready for everyone; however, you can sign up to be notified on this page too once it is released for public interaction and exploration.

I’m looking forward to it; how about you?

 

 

 

The Google+ project: real life sharing, rethought for the web..

 

 

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Gone seem to be the days when the neighbors would gather at someone’s home, practice some caroling songs that they would be singing, have hot chocolate and goodies to warm themselves up, put on their scarves and mittens, and head out the door to sing from house to house in their neighborhood.  Why would that be?  Could it be that everyone is so worried about being politically correct and afraid of offending someone by singing Christian Carols to a Jewish home, for instance??? 

Ughhhghghghhh……

Visiting a client the other day, I observed a groups of highschool gals that decided that they were trapse up and down the corridors of the facilities.  The smiles of joy on the faces of the residents as they openned up their doors and saw the young gals singing directly to them was priceless.  When I wasn’t looking they circled around me and sang to me as well.  What a comfort and joy that was to be sung to; I don’t remember feeling that sensation in such a long time and more people would greatly benefit in this world by the old fashion door to door caroling.

The commercials with the singing cards taken around by the carolers is great…as one of the carolers hands the card to the recipient, then whispers “open the card”.  The sparkling of the eyes as the song was played was a great surprise, but not quite as heartfelt as coming directly from the caroler’s voices.

Somehow things are getting away from the personalization of the event at times and that is a shame.  The traditions bring warmth, sense of friendships and a sense of belonging and being a part of an event, seem to be disappearing as more and more families opt for more automated, commercialized celebrations of the holidays.  That was seemingly emphasized sarcastically by the below Heathcliff cartoon.  Sad.  So sad!

Perhaps, traditions will begin again and renew the spirits of the holiday seasons for everyone….before we lose the giving spirit and generosity of Christmas.

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OMG….

just perusing Slate.com and came across a “recycled article” that is republished to make it a new article on Monday, December 17th called, “How to be a shopping-mall Santa”, which is indeed a very thorough article about Shopping Mall Santas.

It brought a smile to my face and a rush of memories as I had worked for one of the organizer companies of these Shopping Mall Santas one year.  It was a great time of coordinating with the malls all the Santas we needed to fill for their Santa photo opps within each of the malls.  Not only were we coordinating schedules for those Santas in Austin, but we were also involved in coordinating schedules for those Santas in many of the other malls in Houston, San Antonio and other metropolitan cities throughout Texas.

What an interesting year that was to be a behind the scenes coordinating elf to make sure that all the malls were fully staffed with the Santas – especially, when receiving the compliments from all the long time veteran Santas that were putting smiles on childrens faces.  After all, besides being the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas is also about bringing a special joy and memories to all the children.

I am looking forward to going to the mall this year when I do get a chance — not really to do Christmas shopping as I have completed my Christmas shopping for this year — but to observe from a vantage point all the children’s faces light up when they see Santa Claus at the shopping mall to hear what they want for Christmas, as well as to get their photos taken with Santa.  My daughter is too old now to have her photo taken with Santa; however, I am hoping to get a picture of my 5 mo old granddaughter with Santa Claus.  I can’t wait!!

Hoping that visions of Santas in Shopping Malls may also bring rushes of fond memories of your childhood, or as a parent of young children this year!

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but when I checked it tonight, I found this Sesame Street cartoon in relation to Thanksgiving.  I know, it is SOOOO wrong! 🙂

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Poor Big Bird! 😦

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When I was little, we had lived up in Ft. Meade, Maryland, on Suzie Court.  When it snowed, it would snow very hard and we would have feet upon feet of snow — unlike where I live now in Texas where we are lucky if it snows above 3-5 inches!! lol…..

We would go sliding down behind the big hill behind our home and build tunnels in the snow — sending our parents in a panic when they couldn’t see us, but they knew we were out there playing somewhere — and, especially, when they knew that the snowplows were making their way in the streets.  Building our own snowman was half of the fun playing in the snow….

I certainly can’t see much fun taking it indoors; can you???

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Does anyone actually achieve their dream job — or, is it just merely a figment of everyone’s imagination?

While someone may be doing the job they absolutely love to do, it may not pay all that well and they have to struggle to make ends meet.  Additionally, family members or friends may look down upon someone that isn’t mastering the financial ladder as someone that is being less than their full potential.

A friend was asking me tonight, who often plays “career coach” to me from time to time, what I want to be when I grow up.  If only I could pick and choose the qualities of each of my past jobs that I liked the best and make the ideal job that would be pleasing in all aspects — high income, advocacy, interaction with others, great researching skills, and so much more.

It was announced in the news and news media sources lately a lot about the newest generation of workforce employees are having a tendency to job hop more and have many more background experiences than their counterparts in generations slightly ahead of them.   No longer, for instance, is the trend that people people have jobs for more 20 or more years.  It would be unheard of, perhaps, to see these generation of workers retiring with a job of tenure of 40-50 years of service, as my bosses’ generations have done.

My parents will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this month.  Gone, too, are the days that many couples will look forward to see the day of having a 50th wedding anniversay, while couples in my parents’ generation and before saw 50th and 75th wedding anniversaries as part of the norm of the culture.

What has happened to our culture?  or, do we even have a culture to be considered these days?  What is to be considered about the American society?  Are we all going to be judged by the people who lead us — or what affect we, as individuals have upon our local and global societies?

Okay.  So, I have digressed. 

Does anyone actually achieve their dream job — or, is it just merely a figment of everyone’s imagination?

Does anyone have an answer????

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those at the Justice for Children program. 

“It is the position of Justice for Children that PAS is junk science.

“P.A.S. per se (not “parents lying about abuse allegations”) is not a syndrome.   People lie on the witness stand every day but that does not make it a syndrome.   Various credible studies have documented that the incidence of false allegations of abuse in custody proceedings make up significantly less than 5% of all abuse allegations  in custody proceedings.  When mental health experts or attorneys claim that P.A.S. is a “syndrome”  — knowing full well that it lacks scientific validity, is the concoction of a disgraced psychologist, and has been soundly rejected by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges — that is disingenuous at best and unethical at worst.  Moreover, when it is used as a vehicle to keep children in the custody of men who abuse them, it is also immoral. ” – Randy Burton, Founder, Chairman and President – Justice for Children

PAS is touted to be an accepted psychological “syndrome” when, in fact, it has no scientific foundation and has been routinely rejected by courts and mental health professionals as admissible in the courtroom.  Nonetheless, PAS is still being used by unscrupulous attorneys and hired gun “experts” to attack the credibility of, parents, usually mothers, and undermine the testimony of little children who have accused their fathers of unspeakable acts of abuse. “

For more information see their posting on Justice for Children

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No, I know.  Jolly Green Giant and Sprout are generally the animated characters associated with the line of vegetables that you see in your grocers’ aisles for many, many years and years throughout the past decades upon decades.

Today, though, while driving from home to a meeting this afternoon, I heard that they are advocating for a PBS station to be 24 hrs with all the fine programming  of Barney, La Madeline, and many others.  If you are 18 and above and without kids around you, you might be saying ughhhh… not more of that; however, if you have children, you are probably jumping with glee.  Although there are special programming for children that are 24 hrs, there are none strictly for the school age child. 

Of course, they are not probably up 24 hrs a day; however, consider the child late up at night with fevers, sickness, or night terrors.  This might be nice to have. 

What I see this as being, perhaps, providing a pre-school age channel that doesn’t jump from the pre-school shows to the elementary and/or junior high-school scheduling.  That pre-school child wouldn’t be limited to a certain timeframe during the mornng or afternoon to accomodate the scheduling of the other age groups on the PBS network.

I, who watched my siblings grow up with Sesame Street and the like, think it is a terrific idea.  What about you?

If you are in favor for your area’s cable stations to include this 24hr PBS channel in their offering of the network systems, you can call 1-866-9-SPROUT and follow the phone sequence to show your interest.   I understand that, too, you can go onto the super highway network under the URL of http://www.sproutonline.com/sprout/home/jump.aspx to demonstrate your interest as well.

While some might view this as a means of some people to placate and/or substitute their children’s daily activities with the PBS Sprout Program, I do see it as a means to enable our pre-school children to jumpstart into their learning since so much more is demanded from their learning than they had before (ie some aspects of Algebra is taught in Elementary School whereas, back in my day at least, it wasn’t a subject matter until the 9th grade at the very least.

Check it out — let folks know what you think!!  It may well be the new Jolly Green Giant leap for the PBS network system!! 🙂

1-866-9-SPROUT

http://www.sproutonline.com/sprout/home/jump.aspx

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So frustrating is the fear of the unknown.   I remember when I was mentoring a after school program in an Community Program in a poorer segment of Austin (not East Austin) and a young boy had drawn a much worse picture than this child who had been suspended.  While I was alarmed that a boy could have drawn such a picture, I was told that these children were allowed to have their creative expressions.

Somehow, the balance between creative expressions and the psychological aspects of whatever hidden meanings behind artwork done by our children must be met.  Without the creative expression, one might not be able to understand what is going on in the minds of our children.  I believe that children’s creative expression should not be suppressed or meant to be punished; after all, how are we going to be understand what is going on in the children’s minds if they feel threatened for punishment if they express themselves.

I am not saying that children’s expressions that seem to have hidden messages of psychological problems should necessarily be promoted and offered on a public display; however, admonishing them because they have expressed themselves through drawing (which may be a mode that that they are more comfortable with than writing or talking) seems wrong.

Perhaps, a better approach would be to have the parents and teachers more attuned with the meanings and offer the child guidance when the child “speaks out” through his artwork.  Of course, caution should also be had to make sure that, also, too much is read into things as well.  🙂

What say you???

Boy suspended for stick-figure drawing – Education – MSNBC.com

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Be sure to cut and paste all the below into your email system and keep this moving forward:

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Just a note, the lady that hired me when I first came to the school system just lost her granddaughter of 17 years old; a drunk driver plowed into the back of the car she was in with her best friend at the wheel. They were both

Sitting at a red light wearing seat belts and sober. The man that killed them was 23 and drunk; this was in a residential area around 11:45pm at night (it was a Friday evening). Both girls were HS seniors. This just happened a couple of weeks ago.
Please sign this petition.

 

(Read all the way to the bottom and sign your name)

Went to a party Mom… I went to a party,
And remembered what you said.

You told me not to drink, Mom, so I had a sprite instead.

I felt proud of myself, the way you said I would,  

That I didn’t drink and drive,

Though some friends said I should.

I made a healthy choice,
And your advice to me was right.
The party finally ended,
and the kids drove out of sight.

I got into my car, Sure to get home in one piece.
I never knew what was coming, Mom,
something I expected least.

Now I’m lying on the pavement,
And I hear the policeman say,

The kid that caused this wreck was drunk,
Mom, his voice seems far away.

My own blood’s all around me,
As I try hard not to cry.
I can hear the paramedic say, this girl is going to die.

I’m sure the guy had no idea,
While he was flying high.
Because he chose to drink and drive,
now I would have to die.
So why do people do it, Mom
Knowing that it ruins lives?
And now the pain is cutting me,
like a hundred stabbing knives.

Tell sister not to be afraid, Mom
Tell daddy to be brave.
And when I go to heaven,
put “Mommy’s Girl” on my grave.

Someone should have taught him, That it’s wrong t o drink and drive.
Maybe if his parents had,
I’d still be alive

My breath is getting shorter,
Mom I’m getting really scared These are my final moments,
and I’m so unprepared.

I wish that you could hold

me Mom,
As I lie here and die.
I wish that I could say, “I love you, Mom!”
So I love you and good-bye.

MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) IS HOPING TO GET 5,000
SIGNATURES ON THIS THEN PASS IT ON TO SIGN.
When this petition has reached 5,000, please return it to:

MADD
P.O. Box 54168 8
Dallas , TX 75354-1688 1-800-GET-MADD (1-800-438-6233)

If you receive this petition and do nothing but delete it, your selfishness knows no bounds. Signing is such a small effort to make. After you have read the poem, please add your name at the bottom. And never forget, DON’T EVER DRINK AND DRIVE, not even once, thinking that it won’t matter. IT DEFINITELY WILL MATTER!!!

How to se t it up:
* Click on Forward
* SIGN YOUR NAME AT THE BOTTOM.
* Then send it t o everyone you know.

* Don’t use last names, cities, states, and don’t put a smiley face or anything besides your first name! I (#787) just spent five hours cleaning this up so don mess it up!

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108. Susan
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112. Litzi
1 13. Teresa
114. Stephanie
115. Jamie
116. Jenny
117. Meg
118. Kevin
119. Loan
120. Elizabeth
121. Katie
122. Angie
123. Troy
124. Natalie
125. Dyanis
126. Vasil
127 Marie
128. Jessi
129. Courtney
130. Tracy
131. Sue
132. Sally  
133. Rachael
134. Jan
135. Kari
136.Dawn
137. Staci
138. Douglas
139. Brooke
140. Rachel
141. Brian
142. Ben
143 William
144. Erica.
145. Jason
146. Frank
147. Kevin
148. Matt
149. Deepak
15 0. Liz
151. Jessa
152. Maureen
153. Dawn
154. Paul
155. Vanessa
156 Ryan
157. Rachel
158.Christy
159. Julie
160. Alex

161. Mariah
162. Brandon
163. Ashley
164. Jeffrey
165. Lois
166. Priscilla

167. Mei-mei

168. Gennie

169. P.J. R.
170. Charina
171. Nieves

172. Calley

173. Alexandra

174. Lisa
175. Amber
176. Mandy
177. MICHELLE
178. Meghan
179. LAUREN
180. Brandie
181. Lorianna
182. Kris
183. Katie
184. Jenny

185. Kim Jones
186. Sarah
187. Jon
188. Elizabeth
189. Lesley
190. Kellyn
191. Jenna
192. Katherine
193. Ben  
194. Andrea
195. Erin
196. Tiffany
197. Carrie
198. Melissa
199. Emily
200. Jill

201. Meghan
202. SLS
203. Karen
204. Kasey
205. Tom
206. Jesse
207. Pam
208. Fiona
209. Ann
210. Gina
211. Johnny
212. Melissa

213.Morgan
21 4. Erin
215. Jennifer
216 Kayla
217. Alison

218. Denise
219. Amber
220. Holly
221. Daryl
222. Diana
223. Todd
224. Eric
225. Kristin
226. Dave
227. S.
228. Christina
229. Sanam
230. Lindsey
231. Meredith
232. Candice
233. ANGEL
234. Kathleen
235. Alex
236. Rachel
237. Abe
238. David
239. Sarah
240. Ben
241. Devon
242. Ashley
243. Amy
244. Nicole
245. Katie
246. Jessica
247. Brianna
248 Mary
249. Kristen
250. Lindsay
251. Heather
252. Nyleen
253. Catrina

254 . Melissa
255. Ashlie
256.Ashley
257. Mark
258. Colleen
259. Monica
260.Rebekah
261. Heather
262. Kristina
263. Shane
264. PFC Jamison Hurley Military Police Corps. US.ARMY
265. PFC Daniel Brown Transportation Corps. U.SARMY
266. Kyla
267. Angel
268. Linda
269. Stacy
270. Peyton
271. Shelton
272. Diane
273. Linda
275. Ben
276. Chad
277. Eric
278. Julie
279 Dawn

280. Melissa
281. Dave
282. Mary
283. George
284. Joshua
285. Dave
286. Sheri
287. Dave
288. Jessica
289.Rose
290. Dorie
291. Michael
292. Maria
293. Rebecca
294. Deana
295. Nancy
296. Mark
297. Grace
298. Becky
299. Carolyn
300. Robert
301. TRACY
302. KURT
303. June
304 Robin
305. Sarah
306. Kathy
307. Frank
308. Erin
309. Jim
310. Kim
311. Kate
312. Stefanie
313. Ginger
314. Barry
315. Graham
316. Gabe
317. Heather
318. Megan
319. Liisa
320. Christine
321. Danielle

322. Sarah
323. Megan

324. Alexa
325. Ashley
326. Kristin
327. Scott
328. Ruth
329. Nolan
330. Roger
331. Susan
332. Paige
333! . Dang
334. Mark
335.

336. Amy
337. Skye
338. Deanna
339. Amanda
340. Ryan
341. Tim
342. Joan
343. Andrea
344. Gail
345. Lindsey
346 Destiny
347. Meredith
348. Lynne
349. Christy
350 Kimyia
351. Patti
352. Kathy
353. Emma
354. Cynthia
355 Brent
356. Ana
357. Keith
358. Becky
359. Alizabeth
360. Raeanne
361. Theresa
362. William

363. Carol
364. William
366. Quyen
367. Asia
368. Zion
369. Tom
370. Jolene
371. David
372. Bela
373. Tiffany
374. Nicole
375. Mark
376. Tina
378. Adam
379. Victor
380. Christine
381. Cindy

382. Buddy

383. Kelley.
384. Tammie
385. Dale.
386. J.T.
387. Wendy
388. Kathy

389. Heather
390. Edward
391. Jodie
392. Marc
393. Stephen

394. Jennifer
395.Dorothy
396. Pauline
397. Katherine
398. Sam
399. Bob
400. John
401. Mary
402. Elaine

403 Helen
404. Patty
405. Jennifer
406. Yaung-Moon
40 7. Elsa
408. Gros
409. Kalia
410. Sandra
411. Shandro
412. Tammy
413. Caroline
414. Anna
415. Lynette
416. Kerry
417. Julie
418. Kim
419. Jennifer
420. Mary
421. James
422. Kevin
423. Joanne  
424. Laurie
425. Debbie
426. Jim

427. Lea
428. Deb
429. Mike
430. Chris
431. Gi
432. Cheryl
433. Kim
434. Ashley
435. Amy
436. Debra
437. Andrea
438. Lisa
439. Jonathan
440. Jeff
441. Charlie
442. Fran
443. Ron
444. Nikki
445 Shannon
446. Laura
447. Maxine
448. Marie
449. Veronica

450. Sharon
451. Arlene

452. Patricia

453. Diane
454. Nannaette
455. Eugenia
456. Diane
457. Kathy
458. Jennifer
459. Nathan
460. Carole
461. Jaime
462. Amanda
463. Linda
464. Rita
465. Jen
466. Patricia
467. Dan
468. Jessica
469. Morgan
470. Sherin
471. Aswathy
478. Tiffanie

479. Steve
480. Clara
481. Kristi
482. Gillian
483. Tara
484. Melanie
485. Wanitta
486. Danielle
487.. Tamara
488. Gord
489. Shannon
490. Linda
491. Mark
492. Sandra
493. Darcy
494. Anthony
! 495. Dustin
496. Nicole

497. Amber
498. Josh
499. Gordon
500. Tim
501. Ian
502. Chris
503. Sonja
504. Yvonne
505. Leslie

506. Wendy
507. Wilf
! 508. Bev
509. Alice

510. Ivana
511. Selmi

512. Lori
513. Cathy
514. Kari

515. Joel

516. Erik
517. T.
518. Janna
519. James
520. Nicole
521Lesley
522. Pierre
523. Vanessa
524. Carey
525. James
526. Peter
527. Breanne
528. Donna
529. Harvey
530. Eric
531. Dennis

532 Lucie
533. Edward
534. Ashton
535. Ed
36. Mark
537. Christopher
538. Anna
539. Cherlyn
540. Julie
541. Robin
542. Kim
543. Charmaine

544. Sean

545. Stephane
546. Stephanie
547. Devlen
548. Alexandra
549. Jacob
550. Cameron
551. Noah
552. Nicole
553. Helne
555. Paula

556 . Dave
55 7. Tony
558. Jean
559. Diane
560. Barb
561. Julie
562. Lucille
563. Delilah
564. Joanne
565. Connie
566. Helen
567. Aline
568. Michel
569. Anne
570. Paul
571. Katy
572. Km
573. Shirley
574. Sheelagh
5 76. Monique
577. Gerard
578. Mike
579. Tobi
580. Les
581. Donna
582. Tracey
583. Billie
584. Geoffrey
585. Mike
587 Dana
588. Susan
589. Glen
590. Roxanne
591. Michelle
592. Mike
593. Clayton
594. Glen
595. Kat
596. Linda
597. Len
598.Alana
599. Michael
600. Nisa
601. Charlotte

602. Kyle
603. Linda
! 604. Peter
605. Ron
606. Marie
607 Carol
608. Noreen
609. Helen
610. Josie
611. Lyse
612. Diane
613. Leslie
614. Derek
615. Ed
616. Chuck
617.Heather
618 Doug
619 Judi
619 Kaitlyn
620 Andrea
621 Harry
622 Leslie
623 Aleah
624. Camila
625. Paula
626. Els
627. Anne
628.Nancy
629. Vic

630. Brian

631. DIANE
632. KAREN
633. Thandra
634. W.
635. M.
636. Gary
637. Paul
638. Len
639 Sherri
640. Catherine
641. Leah
642. Jessica
643. Madeleine

644. Dena
645. Candise
646. Robert
647. Ryan
648. Maria
649. Linda
650. Wendy
651. Debbie
652. Isabel
653. Suzanne
654. Kathryn

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I certainly hope so.  Texas has been aggressive against sites, such as MySpace.com, to provide them with the Sex Offenders on their sites, especially after having to sue them for their accountability after some children were attacked by sexual predators when they went to meet them in person.  I am sure that will only make the sex offenders try to be a little more clever in hiding their identities, but at least there will be some cooperation from MySpace to hand over the names and identities used on the sites so that the authorities can crack down on these offenders who are not allowed to be on the computer sites as part of their agreements to be living among society.

Will this completely protect our children on such sites from all sexual predators? Not likely from all as some have merely not been caught — yet.  However, any steps moving in aggressive measures  is certainly a pro-active measure indeed and holds those sites accountable!

Reported:

MyFoxAustin, MySpace to Share Sex Offender Data

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Today, on May 21, 2007, I heard from the TLP Foundation wherein they confirmed that the last that they have heard, there has been more than 1 million greeting cards received for his birthday. Keep them coming!!! 😀

See “Happy Birthday, Shane?” for more about the whole story and where to send your greeting card to him today!

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 In following up on my Bits and Pieces posting, I had mentioned that Baby Emilio Gonzales’ Mother was fighting hard to keep Baby Emilio, at 17mos old, sustained on resuscitation equipment for just a little bit longer. On April 17th, the Court heard the matter and extended the hearing awaiting on other findings. On May 8th, the Guardian ad Litem for Baby Emilio agreed with the doctors that the baby should no longer remain on resuscitation equipment and filed a legal brief so stating the decision. While the legal brief had been filed in agreement with the doctors, it is unclear to the reported articles on MyFoxAustin whether or not the baby, at the time being 18mos, was actually taken off the resuscitation equipment or Baby Emilio Gonzales has actually died yesterday on his own as a direct result of the Leigh’s Disease, a disease that attacks the central nervous system, last night, May 19, 2007.

In an Austin American-Statesman blurb, “Emilio Gonzales loses battle with illness”, it is stated simply, “Mother who fought to continue son’s treatment cradles 19-month-old at end.”

In accordance with the Austin American-Statesman article, “Baby on life support dies of natural causes: Mother who fought to continue son’s treatment cradles 19-month-old at end”, serves to confirm that, in the end, Baby Emilio dies of natural causes and, as his attorney (JerriLynn Ward) puts it when interviewed, “God chose to take Emilio at this time”.

It is disheartening to every Mom when their own child dies, much more so when your only child (and possibly your only child ever), Emilio Gonzales, dies in his Mom, Catarina Gonzales’, own arms. Much heartfelt sympathy will certainly be felt by the Lockhart community she and the baby are from, the Austin community where she and the baby stayed for the majority of his life, and communities around the world who have heard of the plight and fight for sustaining his life in the hospital.

As per the Austin American-Stateman’s article, it goes on to say:

“According to Texas law, once doctors give notice that they want to stop treating a patient against the family’s wishes, they can start a process in which the family has 10 days to transfer the loved one to another facility.

 

The hospital and the court had given Gonzales and her supporters more time to find another facility, but months of searching had failed.

 

In recent weeks, a court-appointed guardian for Emilio had filed legal briefs backing the doctors’ and hospital’s intentions to stop treatment. The next court hearing had been scheduled for May 30.

 

[JerriLynn] Ward [Baby Emilio’s attorney] said that Emilio’s mother’s fight was against the law permitting doctors to decide when to end treatment and that she didn’t know if Catarina Gonzales would press the fight.”

Whether or not Catarina Gonzales has the strength now to fight the fight to change the law should be a moot point, the legislation in the Texas’ chambers should be continued to be fought for some degree of change because it is likely right around the corner there is another mother having to make that frightening decision of whether or not to continue resuscitation of her own child. The laws need to be made clearer.

In the meantime, whether or not you agree with Catarina Gonzales’, the mother of Emilio Gonzales, decision, she should be put down in history as one of the strongest mothers in the world to have to fight for the right to her son’s life in spite of the dismal prognosis of the son’s fight with the illness of Leigh’s Disease. Hopefully, her fight will not be a futile one and laws can be changed to be clearer, as well as giving the loved ones more of a chance and voice to make such grueling decisions, as well as more of an awareness of the disease and more research can be given to a possible cure for this gripping and fatal disease in the future.

May peace be with Emilio Gonzales as he no longer suffers now.

May peace be with Catarina Gonzales and the families of them as they properly grieve their child missing from their arms. May Catarina Gonzales, also, find peace and strength in the future, no matter which path she chooses (continuing to fight the legislation battles, making an awareness known more about the Leigh’s Disease and a movement for a cure, or any other number of proactive measures in the memory of her son).

Additional Information about Leigh’s Disease:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders

Madison’s Foundation – Moms & Dads in Search of Needed Support

Wikipedia: Leigh’s Disease

Addtional Information about Futile Care Legislation:

Futile Care Debate: Prolonging Life or Suffering? (May 6, 2007)

Highlights from Texas Legislature (May 14, 2007)

Also posted in:

“Inquiring Minds” — my Statesman.com Reader Blog

“Inquiring Minds” — my MyFoxAustin.com Watcher Blog

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How many ways can you say “Happy Birthday” to an eight year old who is also a cancer patient???

Received this in the email today.  It has a direct link, too, to his site encouraging everyone to massively cooperate and send this young guy a means to get his wish for breaking the Guiness World Records for the most cards received.

The email:

 Shane Bernier is a cancer patient at the Children’s Hospital of eastern Ontario. 

He turns eight on May 30. His dream is to set a record for the most birthday cards ever received.

It will be a wonderful sign of support from the EMS community to help him reach his goal, so please consider sending him a birthday greeting.

His address is:

Shane Bernier
Box 484
Lancaster
Ontario
K0C 1N0

For more information go to : http://shanebernier.ca/

For more information about this feat that is set out before Shane Bernier, please read also Birthday Cards for Shane Bernier which confirms that he is indeed setting out to achieve this milestone.

Best of luck to you Shane, and many wishes for your future “Happy Birthday” card accomplishment, traveling to you from all over the world!!

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Hooked on a Feeling????

[YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfwyuofTdV0]

It seems a shame to see someone hit bottom as he has been shown to the world this week by his daughter’s own video of him. I don’t think that she was trying to be spiteful, just at her wit’s end as she tries to intervene and help her father.

Anyone who has been around an alcoholic, they know of the pain of watching them spiral downwards from the person that you knew and love, and one that you know is still somewhere in that body that seems to be deteriorating as the evilness of the alcoholism takes over their heart, body and soul.

At some point, one has to draw the line and walk away (if that is what it takes) in order to bring home a point that they need help and ask for that help. Unfortunately, one of the hardest lessons to learn in life (because we are natural nurturers and caretakers) is that the only person we are going to change is ourselves. We have that power to say, “This is my wake up call and I am going to change.” Until the person you see spiraling downward truly states that, from the bottom of their heart with absolute and resounding meaning (and not for the sake of keeping you around), they want that help, there isn’t much that you can actually do other than encourage them, provide them the resources to call, etc. They have to want it… they have to crave for the help…they have to have the determination for success in getting the necessary help needed.

Hopefully, David Hasselhoff will, too, crave and desire for the help that he so apparently needs, as evident in his 17 yo daughter’s video of him in his seemingly rock bottom state of mind.

Hopefully, he’ll find freedom soon in his own sobriety….

[YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cejq10jZ0kQ]

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Sad. Very sad.

Just in! This young girl, at Matagorda High School, excused herself from a band class and self-inflicted a wound upon herself. When the girl hadn’t returned to class, the teacher sent another student to check up on her and found her dead.

At the end of the article, they mentioned that they were uncertain how the gun had been brought into the school. Oh, my gosh!

It is reported that she had been recently depressed. It is too bad that she didn’t get the help that she needed in time and felt that she needed to resort to suicide. No reports yet on what set everything in the spiraling motion for her.

If you, or someone you know, is depressed, please know that there is help out there to help you.

High School on Lockdown After Student Suicide

Need Someone to Talk To? Samaritans are available 24hrs/day

Depression Help for You

Depression Help Prevention

Depression through NAMI.org (National Alliance for Mental Illness)

Depression Treatment, Medication, Help, Symptoms: Anxiety Attacks Depression Test, Types, ADHD Causes

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